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Heroin, Cutting, & The scars that bind 

Cutting had been Mia’s first addiction, but she concealed it with ironclad secrecy.  She had been doing it since age…

Is drug addiction a death wish?

Every therapist remembers their first client suicide, and when it happened to me, I cried that entire night. I can…

To The Mother Getting Sober

I have met with so many of you over the years.  I have listened closely to your painful stories, sat…

Recovery When You Don’t Hit Rock Bottom

[THERAPY UNSCRIPTED – A WEEKLY COLUMN] Nobody knew Sarah was an alcoholic. Nobody would have even guessed it. She was…

Addiction and the Siblings Left Behind

[THERAPY UNSCRIPTED – A WEEKLY COLUMN] Meet Emma. Fourteen, blonde, and her favorite thing in the world is cheerleading. She’s…

Crawling Through Recovery After the Pink Cloud Bursts

[THERAPY UNSCRIPTED – A WEEKLY COLUMN] Amanda was six months sober the first time she cried. The tears came tumbling-…

The Tragically Beautiful Art of Addiction Therapy

[THERAPY UNSCRIPTED – A WEEKLY COLUMN] You’ll definitely want to refer any client struggling with addiction out. Addicts lie. They…

Sometimes, We Only Escape Hell Temporarily

They were supposed to never see each other again.  At least that was what reassured me, after detailing her and…

When the Healing Hurts

Nicole (Herschler) Arzt  is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern working in Southern California. She has been privileged to…